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Database-as-a-Service: A Buyer’s Introduction and Guide

  • February 2016
  • 42 pages
  • Frost & Sullivan
Report ID: 3641154

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How Cloud-Based Database Management Can Help You Cope with Out-of-Control Data Growth

Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) is a cloud-based approach to the management and storage of data. By placing the database software and associated management functions in the cloud, DBaaS enables databases to scale elastically on-demand. It also removes the management of the database software—such as updates, patches, or security measures—from the enterprise, and places it with the provider, freeing the enterprise customer to focus its IT staff on higher-value endeavors. DBaaS services on the market today generally manage one or both of the two prevalent types of databases, SQL and Non-SQL. This report provides users with a comprehensive comparison of the capabilities and features of 13 DBaaS providers.

Executive Summary
As data growth and processing increases exponentially due to amplified analytics programs, connected devices, and replication, new means of cataloging, storing, and serving information for processing are required. Scalability and flexibility are critical, and must be present in any data cataloging service, in order to ensure quick accessibility and fast analytic processing. Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) is a cloud-based approach to the management and storage of data. By placing the database software and associated management functions in the cloud, DBaaS enables databases to scale elastically on-demand. It also removes the management of the database software—such as updates, patches, or security measures—from the enterprise, and places it with the provider, freeing the enterprise customer to focus its IT staff on higher-value endeavors. DBaaS services on the market today generally manage one or both of the two prevalent types of databases, SQL and Non-SQL.

DBaaS is offered by a range of providers, including cloud infrastructure service providers, “pure-play” database providers, and cloud service providers. DBaaS is also a cloud service of interest to channel partners. Many technology providers are developing DBaaS offers, and marketing them heavily through value-added resellers (VARs), managed service providers (MSPs), and system integrators (SIs). The DBaaS services vary based on the environments supported, as well as on the providers’ primary focus. DBaaS services tend to be “sticky,” due to the difficulty of migrating large amounts of data to or from the cloud. As such, it is an attractive service for cloud providers that seek to move up the cloud stack with value added cloud services. Frost & Sullivan expects additional entrants to join the market over the next few years, before consolidation sets in.
This report provides users with a comprehensive comparison of the capabilities and features of DBaaS providers.

Market Overview
Two primary trends are driving the shift from local, on-premises data management toward cloud-based services like Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS). First, proliferation of data from a variety of sources—including data created by big data and analytics initiatives, data generated from connected devices, and data replication for security and compliance reasons—and the rise of mission-critical business analytics workloads have created a need for better data cataloging and storage solutions. Solutions are needed that are flexible, with the ability to scale ondemand and process queried information at lightning-fast speeds. At the same time, enterprise IT departments are shifting away from being a cost center. The IT department today builds less infrastructure, and procures more than in the past, allowing for more focus on innovation and service delivery. As a result, IT is procuring more services through the “Anything-as-aService,” or XaaS, model.

Databases are one means by which applications structure data to make it searchable. In a database, each field is a discrete, addressable entity that can be queried for processing and analysis, either by itself or in combination with other data. As data—and the databases that organize it—continues to explode in growth, new ways of managing it are required in order to adequately meet the pressing storage and processing needs. As such, highly scalable, cloud-based solutions are growing in popularity. Database-as-a-Service, or DBaaS, is a service that has quickly risen in popularity in the “XaaS” market.

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